Feb 12, 2013

FVCC Fulbright Scholar to Present Lecture Series on Maori People

Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard
Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard performs at the Te Arawa Kapa Haka Regional Competitions in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Flathead Valley Community College Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard will continue his popular Maori lecture series with a three-part presentation on New Zealand’s Maori people this spring.  The Maoris are the Polynesian indigenous people of New Zealand whose culture is still an integral part of New Zealand life today.

Leonard arrived at FVCC last fall from Ngongothā, Rotorua, New Zealand, through a Fulbright Foundation grant awarded to the college.  Leonard holds a master’s degree in Maori language and management and brings a lifetime of experience in traditional Maori art forms including weaving, carving, and dance.

The lecture series will open February 21 with Leonard’s presentation on the origins and migrations of the Maori cosmos and carving and clothing of the Maori people.  On March 14, Leonard will discuss Maori wars and history.  The series will conclude April 18 with Leonard’s presentation on living as Maori in today’s world which will include an overview of education, politics, social and economic development and tribal initiatives of the Maori people.

Open to the public, all lectures will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s campus.

For more information, contact the FVCC Multicultural Affairs Office at 756-3945 or at